High And Dry

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Amanda Miller's second place finish off the 1-meter during prelims highlighted Purdue's second day of competition at the Big Ten Championships.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Amanda Miller's second place finish off the 1-meter during prelims highlighted Purdue's second day of competition at the Big Ten Championships.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Feb. 16, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Amanda Miller recorded a personal best during prelims of the 1-meter springboard competition Thursday afternoon at the Big Ten Championships, totaling 315.15 points.

Miller's score placed her second behind Indiana's Christina Loukas, who scored 322.20 points. Purdue's Carrie McCambridge was third with 310.80 points.

Purdue, along with IU and Michigan State all placed two divers in the top eight. Iowa's Nancilea Underwood qualified fourth with 300.10 points and Northwestern's Leanne Dumais was eighth with 262.85 points.

Purdue's diving success did not extend to the pool, where only two swimmers qualified for finals: Erica Chandler in the 500 freestyle and Susan Hentschel in the 50 freestyle.

Chandler's eighth-place finish in the 500 was a bonus, since no Boilermakers scored in this event last season; however, there were several disappointments that followed in the 200 individual medley.

Jennifer Merte, who was sixth overall last year, finished 32nd Thursday in 2:07.41. Merte came into this weekend's meet with the team's best time of 2:03.82, which she posted during November's Boilermaker Invitational.

Rory Belk, who placed 15th last season at 2:06.15, finished 34th at 2:07.65. Shannon Grace was Purdue's top finisher in the 200 IM, tying for 21st at 2:06.20.

Hentschel missed eighth place in the 50 free by .01 seconds with a season best and NCAA provisional time of 23.08. Ironically, Hentschel posted the exact same time in last year's championship finals, which earned her fifth place. "Going into tonight, we just want to focus on all the good things," said head coach Cathy Wright-Eger. "Both Erica and Susan had really good swims, and I expect they'll both go faster tonight."

The Big Ten Championships resume tonight at 7 p.m. with the 200 free relay. Live results for both swimming and diving can be found through ohiostatebuckeyes.com.